Nasty side effect of Australia’s La Niña nightmare: Eczema on the rise as humid weather causes skin to flare up
- La Niña’s humid weather has triggered a mass outbreak of Eczema on east coast
- Skincare companies reporting people seeking advice up by 30 per cent
- Current La Niña event is expected to last until late summer or early autumn 2022
Australia’s La Nina nightmare has triggered a spike in eczema cases on the east coast.
Relentless rainfall and extreme humidity has led to a surge in skin problems – particularly eczema – as skincare brands report spikes in sales.
Eczema is a health condition that makes your skin chronically red and itchy and can occur at any age.
Hot and humid conditions are well known irritants of the condition.
Skin experts warn La Niña’s humid weather is to blame for recent Eczema outbreak (stock image)
MooGoo,an Australian-made natural skincare company, has seen an increase in people seeking advice on how to treat sensitive skin by at least 30 per cent.
‘The heat and moisture cause the skin to sweat, which makes it even drier, which makes it quite itchy and inflamed,’ Melody Livingstone, the company’s chief, told NCA Newswire.
‘Most dermatologists say that a humidity level of 30-50% is the most ideal for people who are prone to eczema, but it has been very high over the past few weeks.’
Humidity in Sydney on Tuesday reached 97 per cent while Wednesday’s sat around 85 per cent.
Experts say ideal humidity for Eczema is between 30 to 50 per cent while Sydney records 97 per cent on Tuesday
Skincare experts have offered five crucial tips for attempting to avoid eczema flare-ups but it’s important to note every care has different triggers.
Experts say people with the nasty skin condition should remember and avoid their triggers, stay away from products that dry or damage skin, avoid hot baths and showers, rinse of chlorine after swimming, and avoid wearing woolen fabric.
The increase in eastern Australia’s humidity is thanks to the La Niña which has brought significant rainfall which causes humidity as water evaporates.
Australian meteorologists declared a La Nina weather event back in November 2021.
La Nina is part of a cycle known as the El Nino-southern oscillation, involving a natural shift in ocean temperatures and weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean, bringing high levels of rain, floods and cyclones.
The last significant La Nina hit Australia in 2010 to 2012, leading to the nation’s wettest two years on record, with widespread flooding.
However, Dr Watkins said this year’s event was not predicted to be as strong.
The current La Niña is expected to last through to late summer or early autumn next year according to the BOM.
La Niña event has seen increased rainfall along Australia’s east coast leading to high humidity
Expert advice for preventing Eczema flare-ups
- Remember and avoid their triggers – animal hair, fragrance, grass, etc.
- Avoid products that dry or damage skin – like soap or bubble bath
- Avoid hot baths and showers
- Rinse of chlorine after swimming
- Avoid wearing woolen fabric